The last time I was in New Plymouth was to see Tegan and Sara open for Jack Johnson in 2010. Evidently Jack Johnson chose Taranaki as the destination for one of his two New Zealand shows because of its reputation for having some of the country’s best surf. Taranaki is known for much more than […]Read more "36 Hours in New Plymouth"
Access to some of the country’s most spectacular regions is one of the reasons Nick and I moved to Christchurch. With Banks Peninsula on our doorstep, the drive to Akaroa is a winding wonderland of sights. Stop at Hilltop Tavern for a coffee or quick bite before carrying on down the road. The views are […]Read more "Akaroa Adventures"
The scenic drive to Hanmer Springs is a mere 90 minutes north of Christchurch. Perfect for a weekend away, the resort town is popular amongst Cantabrians and international visitors. I had yet to visit Hanmer despite having resided in Christchurch for almost two years. Nick’s birthday weekend was a great excuse to treat ourselves to a […]Read more "How to holiday in Hanmer Springs"
With two and a half days on either side of our two week journey through Japan, we initially stayed in tourist hub, Shibuya at Granbell Hotel. Only steps away from the train station, I loved beginning our travels in Shibuya as it placed us close to key attractions like the Shibuya Crossing, Yoyogi Park and […]Read more "Tokyo’s Must-Visit Neighbourhoods: Shibuya"
Shortly after catching the Narita Express to Shibuya Station, I soon realized we would barely scratch Tokyo’s surface. I quickly made the decision to plot out a few key neighbourhoods worth visiting during our short stay. I knew we’d hit a few popular attractions, see beautiful temples and palaces, and spend a lot of time in parks […]Read more "Tokyo’s Must-Visit Neighbourhoods: Harajuku"
For those hoping to escape the chaos and construction of Christchurch, Waipara offers ample opportunities for solace. A relatively new wine region, Waipara’s microclimate produces some of New Zealand’s best wine and food. After a particularly busy week, Nick and I were ready to spend quality time doing nothing, and where better than at a […]Read more "What’s On In Waipara: Pure Pod"
I’ve held a certain fascination with the Canadian railway hotels for as long as I can remember. I hadn’t visited Hotel Saskatchewan in ages, so I jumped at the opportunity to spend one night at Regina’s crown jewel while I was back home in Canada during the holidays. The historic hotel is the fourteenth hotel in the […]Read more "Checking into Hotel Saskatchewan"